Thursday, December 13, 2007

Magic Chicken Soup Recipe, and Update (241)

Yes, I am still sick, and yes!!!! I weighed 241 this morning. Thrilled to pieces! But quite sick. This head cold is pretty bad. I have no appetite but today, in my weak, sick state, I made some killer soup that has me starting to feel better already! Thought I would share my magic chicken soup for when you are sick, and need mega-nutrition without a lot of calories. It helped clear up my congested sinuses. This is comfort in a mug!

Take a rotisserie chicken (mine came from Walmart, you can use any leftover roasted chicken carcass). Take off most of the meat and set it aside for something else.

Throw the bones and skin into a big pot. Cover the carcass (just barely) with water. Add a big handful of baby carrots, or 2 big carrots washed and cut in chunks. Throw in a celery stalk or two, with the leaves, cut in big pieces. Add half a large onion in big chunks. Add 4 (or more) garlic cloves cut in half. (Notice: I was way too sick to be prepping and chopping veggies, so I literally threw in all this stuff in huge 4" pieces.) Add a bay leaf, a teaspoon of thyme if you have it, generous black pepper, a small dash of cayenne, a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon or so of dried parsley, and a couple of slices of fresh ginger root. Cover and simmer for 2-3 hours.

Use a slotted spoon to remove all the stuff from the pot, and discard it. Strain the remaining broth through a mesh sieve to get all the pieces of stuff out. A lot of the onion and garlic will have dissolved into the broth, mmmm. All of the nutrition from the veggies is now in that lovely broth. Skim off all the fat from the broth and discard. (Or, pour the broth into a big glass bowl, let it stand for a few minutes so all the fat rises to the top, and then use a turkey baster to suck all the nonfat broth out from under the fat layer). Put your nonfat broth back in the pan and bring to a simmer. Put about 2-3T of cornstarch in a half cup of cold water and stir with a fork til smooth, and then add to the broth. Stir with a whisk and simmer a few minutes. Add in a cup or so of the reserved pieces of cooked chicken, and a splash of half and half. (Yes, you can leave this out, or use fat free, but I like the creaminess it gives, and since I defatted the broth I feel fine using it. I used maybe 3-4T half and half in the pot). Remove from heat. Add salt to taste, or add water if it is too strong.

Yum yum, this is great stuff. Enjoy!


Chubby Chick said...

I hope you feel 100% better soon, Lyn. And thanks for your support and encouragement. I really appreciate it. :)


Leslie said...

Geesh girl, I drool almost everytime I read your posts these days!! Sometimes it's because you're describing your baking or how you USED to eat, but more often because of your awesome sounding recipes... I'm planning to make your butternut bac and cheese and this chicken soup pronto!!!

And congrats on the *241* - you are my hero :)

Karen (aka Deadbudgee) said...

You had me until I got to the word CARCASS!!!! ROFL!!!! Congrats on being down to 241, Lyn!!! You are going to be one smokin' hot Mrs. Santa this year. (wink wink)

Feel better soon!


Heather said...

great job with the loss and hope you are feeling up to speed soon. your recipe sounds interesting...I love soup but avoid it because of the sodium but this sounds like it would do the trick!

Hanlie said...

You rock, girl! While a lot of us are falling apart on the last stretch of 2007, you're unstoppable! I love it! Well done!

Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better and become thinner :)
Thanks for the recipe, sounds delicious.

honib1 said...

ohh that does sound good.. yum..please feel better soon...and 241 is awesome.. yay..

Anonymous said...

that sounds amazing!

Scot said...

Hi,, I don't even know if you read these anymore, but I wanted to just say that I googled "chicken soup" and your page is one that came up. I am simmering a big pot of my extra rotisserie chicken and veggies, and my house smells AWESOME!

Lyn said...

I read 'em, Scot! So glad you are enjoying the aroma. Hope the soup is yummy for you and keeps you healthy :)